Flyers Close In On East Final
PHILADELPHIA - Benching goalie Carey Price couldn't spark Montreal. Now Danny Briere and the Flyers are one win from ending the Canadiens' season. Briere scored the winner on a rebound with 3:38 left to lift Philadelphia to a 4-2 win against the Canadiens on Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers, the worst team in the NHL last season, can eliminate the top-seeded Canadiens in Game 5 on Saturday. Montreal002-2Philadelphia013-4 First Period-None. Penalties-Richards, Phi (boarding), 5:25; Kukkonen, Phi (roughing), 11:14.Second Period-1, Philadelphia, Umberger 6 (Briere), 7:47 (pp). Penalties-Brisebois, Mon (holding), 1:44; Markov, Mon (roughing), 1:50; Prospal, Phi (roughing), 1:50; Koivu, Mon (interference), 6:31; Dowd, Phi (hooking), 8:20. Third Period-2, Philadelphia, Hartnell 2 (Prospal), 6:47. 3, Montreal, Plekanec 3 (Gorges, Bouillon), 12:59. 4, Montreal, Koivu 3 (Streit, Bouillon), 13:36. 5, Philadelphia, Briere 8 (Knuble, Prospal), 16:22 (pp). 6, Philadelphia, Umberger 7 (Carter), 19:58 (en). Penalties-Umberger, Phi (slashing), 4:17; Lapierre, Mon (interference), 7:23; Begin, Mon (interference), 15:52; Latendresse, Mon, misconduct, 19:58. Shots on Goal-Montreal 14-14-10-38. Philadelphia 7-10-9-26. Power-play opportunities-Montreal 0 of 4; Philadelphia 2 of 4. Goalies-Montreal, Halak 0-1 (25 shots-22 saves). Philadelphia, Biron 7-4 (38-36). A-19,872 (19,519). T-2:27. SHARKS 2, STARS 1: Milan Michalek scored San Jose's first power-play goal of the series with 16:34 left and the Sharks beat Dallas to avoid being swept in the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks were 0-for-4 on power plays in Game 4 before getting another chance early in the third period when Mike Modano drew a delay of game penalty for knocking a puck into the stands. Brian Campbell made a cross-ice pass to Joe Thornton, who then pushed the puck back to the front of the net, through the legs of Jonathan Cheechoo and onto Michalek's stick. San Jose011-2Dallas010-1 First Period-None. Penalties-Modano, Dal (tripping), 5:49; Hagman, Dal (hooking), 8:09; Roenick, SJ (hooking), 12:09; Niskanen, Dal (slashing), 16:39. Second Period-1, Dallas, Lehtinen 3, 5:25. 2, San Jose, Marleau 4, 9:19 (sh). Penalties-Clowe, SJ (interference), 8:32; Clowe, SJ (elbowing), 13:22; Lundqvist, Dal (tripping), 17:32. Third Period-3, San Jose, Michalek 3 (Thornton, Campbell), 3:26 (pp). Penalties-Modano, Dal (delay of game), 2:41; Eriksson, Dal (slashing), 13:01. Shots on Goal-San Jose 4-11-9-24. Dallas 7-6-5-18. Power-play opportunities-San Jose 1 of 6; Dallas 0 of 3. Goalies-San Jose, Nabokov 5-6 (18 shots-17 saves). Dallas, Turco 7-3 (24-22). A-18,584 (18,532). T-2:23. RANGERS: Forward Sean Avery will spend the next few days in the hospital after lacerating his spleen in Tuesday's game.
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